Hi everyone! My name is Robin Bielman and I’m so thrilled to be here today to celebrate my first release with Tule ~ book 2 in the bachelor auction series, Falling for Her Bachelor. It’s such an honor and pleasure to be part of this spring’s bachelor foursome with Charlene Sands, Jeannie Moon and Sinclair Jayne.
Our books center on four friends from high school who return to Marietta to go on the auction block for a good cause. My hero, Nick, offers a weekend getaway that mixes adventure with luxury. One of the things he does with my heroine, Cassidy, is take her skydiving. It was so much fun writing this scene because…not too long ago I jumped out of an airplane for the first time!
Here’s how it went down: My mom (yep, she crossed this off her bucket list at the same time) and I arrived at a small airport. We filled out some paperwork, giggling the whole time because holy macaroni, we were really doing this. Then with zero time to contemplate what we’d just signed we met our awesome instructors to gear up and go over instructions before we tandem skydived!
Harness ready, and trying to remember everything my instructor told me (put my hands where?), we walked to the airplane—the very small propeller airplane. At this point I thought my heart would be pounding out of my chest, but you know what? I was fine. Happy. Excited. I couldn’t wait to be in the sky. And knowing this was a tandem jump and I’d be connected to my instructor, wiped out any nervous energy.
The four of us talked and joked on the way up to 10,000 feet. (The guys found it very amusing that I was a romance writer.) With views of the Pacific Ocean on one side and mountains on the other, I couldn’t have asked for better scenery. When the time came for my instructor to open the door and scoot us out, all I remember feeling was a sense of anticipation. Then, ready…set…go! The jump was amazing. There really aren’t enough words to adequately express the sensation of freefalling, but once the parachute opened and we were floating, I wanted to stay up there forever. The remarkable peacefulness seeped into every inch of my being and I can’t wait to jump again. (This June, I think!)
So, when writing about Cassidy’s first time skydiving, this is one instance where I pulled almost exactly from my real life. I say almost because while my instructor was very nice, I’m a married woman, so there was no getting too comfortable while we were attached. Or thinking about his strong chest at my back and enjoying the feel of his arms around me. That’s all between Nick and Cassidy. ;)
And now that I’ve traveled to the sky, I’m pretty sure I can tackle any adventure. Cassidy feels that way, too. There are a couple of reasons she bids on Nick at the bachelor auction, but one of them is her desire to step outside her comfort zone. She wants to let go and experience new adventures. With Nick there to keep her safe, she’s ready and willing. I hope you’ll check out their story to read about what else they do!
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Question: Have you ever skydived, and if not would you like to? Who would you like to tandem jump with?
When not attached to her laptop, USA Today Bestselling Author and RITA Finalist, Robin Bielman loves to read, take hikes with her hubby, and frequent coffee shops. A California girl, the beach is her favorite place for fun, relaxation, and inspiration.
She loves to go on adventures, and has skydived, scuba dived, parasailed, gotten lost in the wilderness (and only suffered a gazillion bug bites for it) hiked to waterfalls, and swam with dolphins. In her spare time she also tries to put her treadmill to good use while watching her favorite TV shows, indulges her sweet tooth, and plays a mean game of sock tug of war with her cute, but sometimes naughty dog, Harry.
Writing is a dream come true, and she still pinches herself to be sure it’s real. She lives in Southern California with her high school sweetheart husband and loves to connect with readers. Get the scoop on Robin, her books, and sign up for her newsletter on her website at http://robinbielman.com.